Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Does The Bible Say ‘You Will Know Them By Their Fruits’?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
The Bible says “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16) and a lot of Republicans are Christians so why are so many Republicans against gay rights and same sex marriage? If the Bible talks about knowing fruits, doesn’t that mean the Bible actually supports gays? Republicans are always saying “You will know us by our fruits” so shouldn’t they be supporting gays so that the world can know us by our fruits and we can have the best fruits in the world? Why aren’t they embracing the fruits? Isn’t that a little hypocritical? -- Glendon from Mobile, Alabama

Dear Glendon:
From what I understand, the verse you’re referring to was in reference to prophets not homosexuals. I don’t think they used the politically incorrect slang epithet “fruit” to describe gay people back in Bible times. “You will know them by their fruits” meant you will know a true prophet by the fruits they bear. The idea is that you can know whether to trust a tree by its fruits. If the fruit is bad then it’s a bad tree and if the fruit is good then it’s a good tree. The trees were a metaphor for prophets. It was more of a caution against false prophets who were wolves in sheep’s clothing, it had nothing to do with gay people at all. I think you’re getting figs mixed up with another word.

You will know them by this guy.

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